Cardiff

My time in Cardiff Wales was very short, only one full day, but it was a lovely city with less hustle and bustle after coming straight from Liverpool.

The first place I visited was Cardiff Market, which was great because I got there early enough to avoid a big crowd. There was a great variety of interesting stalls including things like Indian spices, vintage records, palm reading, fresh produce, and my personal favorite, the yarn shop. It was called the Wool Pack, but she had a massive collection of acrylic yarn (all of the shelves on the left side), which I got a beautiful teal skein from.

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After getting lost (thanks, Google Maps) and having to ask for directions at a craft beer shop, my first food stop was at Crumbs Kitchen. It was worth the hassle though, because I had a very good lunch there. The first floor of the restaurant is a bit chaotic, due to that being where the orders take place, but there is a second story with extra seating away from the main crowd. I got the chili over brown rice, with rose lemonade and chocolate cake. The whole grain goodness of the brown rice was a nice welcome, due to my Workaway host at that time only feeding us less filling white rice. The serving was huge though, and I ended up taking half away for my dinner later.

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I gotta admit, part of the appeal of Cardiff was being a Torchwood fan. I never managed to get into Doctor Who (though I still find Weeping Angels terrifying), but I was addicted to Torchwood when I found it in Netflix. Because of this, I decided to brave the rain and wind and march two miles from my hotel to the area where they shot the show. It was odd to look at all these buildings in real life when before I’ve only seen them in panoramic filmed shots. Definitely worth a trip if you’re a fan.

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A place you must visit in Cardiff is Cinnamon Sticks, an almost painfully adorable tea room shop. Everything ranging from the wallpaper to the servers’ outfits is either floral, pink, or dainty. Though I’m not a huge tea fan (unless it’s cold, sweet, and Southern), but I did partake in their cake, which is beyond amazing. I got a piece of their chocolate peanut butter masterpiece and can say that it was probably the best piece of cake I’ve ever had. The peanut butter frosting was the perfect amount of rich and fluffy, and the chocolate cake was the perfect spongey texture. I was sad I didn’t have time or the stomach space to try their savory vegan options, but I’ll just have to get them next time I go to Cardiff, since I will definitely be visiting Cinnamon Sticks again.

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Will Travel for Vegan Food

First off, I’m writing this post from my iPad, so if the formatting looks strange, that’s why.

I’ve decided to start blogging again because I miss it and it honestly motivates me to cook different food (aka not fall into a “food rut”). This summer I’ve been busy traveling by using the website Workaway and through it I’ve had many wonderful opportunities to meet new people, and collect lots of lovely recipes on the way.

I’ve worked in both Ireland and Scotland, and also visited the rest of the UK during my time here. From all of this I have a neat little notebook filled with recipes from almost all of my hosts (I’ve had four in total), and I can’t wait to go back home to recreate or veganize them, then share my tasty findings on LimaBeanLover.

But until I return home mid-August and have a chance to tinker with the recipes, I’ll just be sharing some of the delicious food from my trip. My next post shall be all about Liverpool, so be excited! For a bonus, here’s a picture from of me in all my nervousness before Peter left me at the airport for the flight to Ireland. I have since then conquered my fear of flight.

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Culinary Camp

This summer on June 13th-18th I went to a culinary camp at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. It was really fun and I learned a lot. Though being vegan limited the amount of things I could eat, I still got to try new foods and cooking techniques while keeping my stand on animal rights.

We did a lot of cool classes like knife skills, taffy pulling, plate painting, and napkin folding.

In the afternoon we would cook in the professional kitchen on campus and in the evenings we’d have fun activites to keep us entertained like going to a local baseball game, an outdoor challenge course and a huge arcade on the last day.

In the middle of the week we went to the Metropolitan Community College Institute of the Culinary Arts for a tour of their facilities and a special three-course lunch prepared for the campers by the head chefs and their students. Much to my surprise and delight, before the lunch started one of the head chefs came out and told me he had prepared me a special lunch of my own because I’m vegan. He said he had fun cooking it all because of the challenge my dietary restrictions caused.

Here’s what all my lunch consisted of:

The first course was spicy fresh vegetable gazpacho with a sprinkling of fresh herbs on top.

The second course was roasted beets topped with sea salt, a micro greens salad with tomatoes and red wine vinaigrette, roasted almonds, and a bit of candied orange peel.

The third course was a nicely arrainged bowl of fresh mango, strawberries, and blackberries.

It was a great lunch! The gazpacho was fresh tasting, but had a spicy kick. I must admit, at first when the beets course came out I was skeptical because I’m not much of a beet fan but I was pleasantly surprised by how good they were. The fruit was sweet and the perfect ending to a good meal.